Nicolas Puech, who is the fifth-generation heir to Thierry Hermès, who founded the fashion house of the same name in 1837, decided to adopt his 51-year-old gardener in order to pass on his $11 billion fortune. This was reported by the Swiss publication Tribune de Genève. Puesh does not have his own children or wife. According to his 2011 will, his fortune was to go to the Isocrates Charitable Foundation.
According to journalists, Puech, who owns about 5-6% of the company, wants to recognize the "former gardener and handyman" from "a modest Moroccan family" his legitimate son and official heir.
He has already hired a team of lawyers who will help him arrange everything officially, since there are many difficulties in this matter: for example, according to the law, it is very difficult to adopt an adult. It is reported that Puech has already handed over to the future heir the keys to real estate in Marrakesh and Morocco, as well as villas in Montreux (Switzerland), totaling $5.9 million.
It is clarified that Puech left the company’s supervisory board in 2014 after a “hostile takeover” Hermes LVMH, even after pressure from other members of its family, was able to retain its share.